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Scottish Parliament: The Place Principle (14 May 2019)

James Dornan: It is a pleasure to speak in the debate, which, judging by the contributions so far, will be fairly positive. As every member will agree, Scotland’s communities are a rich source of energy, creativity and talent. Each of our communities is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, with different skills and experiences, and all of them have something to contribute to improving Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: The Place Principle (14 May 2019)

James Dornan: Oh!

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (8 May 2019)

James Dornan: There can be no doubt that Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change. The Government has ensured that fracking and underground coal gasification will have no place in Scotland’s energy mix. We have already halved greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy. As shown by yesterday’s announcement, we have listened to the evidence and decided not to proceed with plans to...

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (8 May 2019)

James Dornan: Surely the motion is about climate change as well as ADT.

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (8 May 2019)

James Dornan: Surely the motion is about climate change and the impact of ADT on it along—

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (8 May 2019)

James Dornan: I just want to know how far I can go.

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (8 May 2019)

James Dornan: It appears that some other parties are quite happy to endanger the climate in some ways, but making a fuss about air passenger duty is okay. Meeting our climate change targets will mean that we have to raise our ambitions across the whole range of Government responsibilities. Yesterday’s decision showed that the SNP Government has listened and already taken decisive action. It is now time...

Scottish Parliament: Rwandan Genocide (25th Anniversary) (2 May 2019)

James Dornan: I, too, thank Iain Gray for securing today’s very important debate. I also thank him for his clearly personal and passionate speech, which laid out the reality of the impact of the events of those 100 days. In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed 7 April the international day of reflection on the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda. I am grateful for the...

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

James Dornan: As many members have said, the Education and Skills Committee is in the middle of taking evidence on this topic, so I have to wonder why the Conservative Party has decided to have this debate at this time. I was not going to use the next bit of my speech, but I thank Oliver Mundell for giving me the opportunity to do so. For the Tories to shed crocodile tears about inequity is ignorance at...

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

James Dornan: Yes. I would agree with that point if I thought that it was the case. At First Minister’s question time last week, the First Minister was right to point out that a record number of young people are leaving school with five highers or more and that the attainment gap between the richest and the poorest is narrowing. That is thanks to policies such as the pupil equity fund, which allows...

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

James Dornan: I will.

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

James Dornan: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I would be happy to agree with Johann Lamont if we had gone through the process that we are in the middle of. If, after the committee’s debates and discussions, she were to come back with evidence that proved that, it would be very difficult for us on the SNP benches to say otherwise. I am not saying that the speeches that others have made have been for...

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

James Dornan: The motion refers to the “inequity that exists between schools” in more deprived communities. I represent a constituency that has a number of those more deprived communities and, on a recent visit, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, visited a school in Glasgow and asked the children, “Who should help the poor people?” He was...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review) (19 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: As someone who has seen at first hand how people used to be treated when they were involuntarily treated, I am delighted to see that so much has changed for the better and that the Scottish Government is holding a review. Clearly, much more needs to be done to protect vulnerable individuals. Will the review consider the use of seclusion and restraint?

Scottish Parliament: Sectarianism (Reduction and Prevention Funding) (13 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provides to organisations that aim to reduce and prevent sectarianism in society. (S5O-02982)

Scottish Parliament: Sectarianism (Reduction and Prevention Funding) (13 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: It is clear from the cabinet secretary’s answer that third sector organisations are undertaking a lot of work to eradicate sectarianism in Scotland. They include the aforementioned Nil By Mouth as well as the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and North Kelvin Sports Development Group, all of which are members of my cross-party group on combating sectarianism in Scottish society....

Scottish Parliament: Football (Sectarianism and Violence) (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: The cabinet secretary will be aware that I have been a vocal critic of sectarianism that is associated with any football club or wider society for a number of years. He will also be aware that I am proposing a member’s bill on strict liability, which could include the use of the licensing system. The cabinet secretary clearly agrees that it would be preferable for the clubs and football...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: I say before I start my speech, Presiding Officer, that if anyone is holding voters in contempt, it is the Conservatives, who are holding in contempt the 1.7 million voters in Scotland who voted to remain in the EU. When the people of Scotland go to the polling station, they expect their will to be carried out by their elected representatives to the best of our ability. That is the very...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: That is probably the only time the whole chamber has agreed with me since I was elected in 2007. I have another friend who came here 40 years ago. She worked hard, became a social worker, had a good career and has one child and three grandchildren. Her daughter is now a councillor. She has been a great benefit to the community of Glasgow and Scotland. She is the sort of person we should be...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: It is nice to bring the Parliament together. However, I am limited by time. I would echo many of the sentiments of my colleagues who have spoken. More so, I would echo the voices of the Scottish people, who voted to remain. They have made it absolutely clear that a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for Scotland culturally, socially and economically. We are, potentially, only 24 days away...


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